Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

OH health officials confirm three cases of pulmonary illness linked to vaping

OH health officials confirm three cases of pulmonary illness linked to vaping

Individuals who have recently used vaping products such as e-cigarettes and are having difficulty breathing should seek medical attention immediately, OHA said.

The Centers for Disease Control said symptoms include couch, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and fever.

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"We don't yet know the exact cause of these illnesses - whether they're caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something else, such as the device itself", said Dr. Ann Thomas, public health physician at OHA's Public Health Division.

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Many people believe vaping is safer than traditional cigarettes and tobacco, which kill 8 million people each year due to cancer, health disease and other conditions, according to the World Health Organization.

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"CDC is now in the process of a multistate investigation", says Brian King, deputy director for research translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Office of Smoking and Health who was in Cincinnati Wednesday for the Greater Cincinnati Tobacco Summit.

MI on Wednesday became the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes and vape products.

"Our investigation has not yielded exactly what it is in this product", Thomas said.

The Oregon Democrat said he expects that taxing e-cigarettes will help limit their use among teenagers and will challenge vaping industry executives and lobbyists, who likely will put up a fight. The FDA is probing 127 reports it's received of vaping associated with seizures, an inquiry the agency started after receiving reports from a young adult and the parents of two teens who used devices they said were sold by Juul Labs Inc.

In response, the DOH issued a public health alert in mid-August to healthcare providers and local departments notifying them of these cases - nine of which had been identified at that time - and urging them to carefully assess patients with similar symptoms for vaping use. "Regardless of the ongoing investigation, e-cigarette products should not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, as well as adults who do not now use tobacco products".

Twenty-five states, including OH, have reported cases of severe respiratory illness among teenagers and young adults with a history of vaping. The products have been used in the US for more than a decade and are generally considered safer than traditional cigarettes because they don't create all the cancer-causing byproducts of burning tobacco. Taxes from the measure, if passed, would go into effect on January 1, 2021.

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